How the Poor Can Save Capitalism Berrett-Koehler Publishers announce new book deal with John Hope Bryant, Operation HOPE Founder—promises solution to economic stagnation

SAN FRANCISCO, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Ninety-two percent of jobs in the United States are created in the private sector. Capitalism, properly practiced, raises up the poor and creates new consumers, lenders, and entrepreneurs. For capitalism to thrive, the poor and middle class must thrive.  My book provides a roadmap for equality of opportunity for all.    —  John Hope Bryant

Berrett-Koehler Publishers is delighted to announce a new publishing agreement with John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of the nonprofit Operation HOPE, member of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and co-founder of Global Dignity. In the words of former President Bill Clinton, "John Bryant is a 41-year-old whirlwind of ideas and action. Lean, intense, focused, and completely positive in his belief in the potential of poor people to prosper, with 'a hand up and not a hand out.'"Bryant intends to shed light on the fact that theworkingpoor are the best suited tosave capitalism based on their sheer collective size and buying power.

Bryant's book, How The Poor Can Save Capitalism, will publish in May 2014 and will continue the theme of his November 2013 Global Dignity Summit. Bryant writes, "This book suggests a new consciousness among successful business leaders: that their true purpose is to empower the poor, the working class and the struggling middle class through capitalism. By creating a virtuous upward cycle, wealth building occurs for all. What we have to do is give the poor real opportunities in the system, and not have them be considered nonessential exiles. When people don't have a stake in a system, they see no purpose in sustaining, protecting, or even participating in it."

Berrett-Koehler editorial director Neal Maillet says, "We are extremely fortunate to land such an impressive leader as Mr. Bryant as an author. John is a powerful mix of vision and idealism, as well as practical business know-how and financial acumen. It's one thing to create a vision, but it's quite another to invest $1.5 billion with that vision, as John has." Capitalism at its best is a union of purpose and passion, and I've found that the goals of Operation HOPE and Berrett-Koehler match up perfectly." Both author and publisher hope this book will help spark an economic revival that works for everyone. But as John proudly says, "This isn't a solution for the 99% or the 1%. This is the answer for the 100%."

About the Author

John Hope Bryant is an American financial literacy and poverty-eradication activist and entrepreneur. He has a diverse background in business. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of nonprofit Operation HOPE, member of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and co-founder of Global Dignity. Since its inception in 1992, HOPE has served more than 2 million individuals, directed more than $1.5 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities, maintains a growing army of 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers. He is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders for the World Economic Forum, and sits on the Forum's Global Agenda Council. He served as the vice chair on the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and as the chairman of the Committee on the Underserved. Bryant is the author of the 2009 bestseller Love Leadership. Bryant lives in Atlanta, but grew up in Compton and South Central Los Angeles. Operation HOPE is a global nonprofit, based in Los Angeles.

About Berrett-Koehler

Berrett-Koehler Publishers is an independent publisher dedicated to an ambitious mission: Creating a World That Works for All. To truly create a better world, action is needed at all levels – individual, organizational, and societal. At the individual level the books help people align their lives with their values and with their aspirations for a better world. At the organizational level, the books promote progressive leadership and management practices, socially responsible approaches to business, and humane and effective organizations. At the societal level, the books advance social and economic justice, shared prosperity, sustainability, and new solutions to national and global issues. www.bkconnection.com

Publication date: May 2014, $24.95, hardcover, 240 pages, 6⅛" x 9¼", ISBN 978-1-62656-032-1

Media Contact: Katie Sheehan, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 415-743-6477, ksheehan@bkpub.com

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